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The waterlogging/salinity interaction in higher plants revisited - focusing on the hypoxia-induced disturbance to K+ homeostasis


Barrett-Lennard, EG and Shabala, SN, The waterlogging/salinity interaction in higher plants revisited - focusing on the hypoxia-induced disturbance to K+ homeostasis, Functional Plant Biology, 40, (9) pp. 872-882. ISSN 1445-4408 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/FP12235


Salinity and waterlogging (root-zone hypoxia) are abiotic stresses that often occur together on saltland. It is widely recognised that these two factors interact to increase Na+ and/or Cl- concentrations in shoots, which can have adverse effects on plant growth and survival. This review expands on this understanding, providing evidence that the adverse effects of the interaction are also associated with a disturbance to plant K+ homeostasis. This conclusion is based on a comparative analysis of changes in ion concentrations and growth reported in the literature between species (glycophytes vs halophytes) and within a single species (Hordeum marinum L.). Comparisons between species show that hypoxia under saline conditions causes simultaneous increases in Na+ and Cl- concentrations and decreases in K+ concentrations in shoots and that these changes can all be related to changes in shoot dry mass. Comparisons between accessions of a single species (Hordeum maritima L.) strengthen the argument, with increases in Na+ and decreases in K+ being related to decreases in shoot relative growth rate.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:chloride transport, flooding, ion transport, potassium transport, salinity, sodium transport, anoxic conditions, chloride, comparative study, concentration (composition), disturbance, flooding, growth rate, halophyte, homeostasis, ion exchange
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable plant production
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable plant production not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Shabala, SN (Professor Sergey Shabala)
ID Code:86936
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:65
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-11-01
Last Modified:2014-04-08

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